Chronic fatigue syndrome is a complex disorder that is not readily understood. People with chronic fatigue syndrome experience extreme levels of fatigue that don’t improve with rest and can’t be explained by any other underlying medical condition. At least one million people across the U.S. have chronic fatigue syndrome, and tens of millions more have conditions that are very similar.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently conducted a study to try and pinpoint why flare-ups might occur in people with chronic fatigue syndrome. Eighty individuals participated in the study, 60 with chronic fatigue syndrome and 20 without. Prior to, during, and after testing they were asked about their symptoms – levels of pain, fatigue, concentration difficulties, headache, and lightheadedness. The testing consisted of a passive leg raise that would give a mild to moderate strain on the muscles and nerves. The results showed that straining the muscles and nerves aggravated symptoms in the chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers. This gives researchers some clues as to why even basic activities of daily living, such as bathing or getting dressed, can prove to be so exhausting for people with chronic fatigue syndrome.
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Optimizing Nerve Function Naturally
It’s important not to ignore the relationship between the central nervous system, brain function, and the spine. The nervous system controls the other systems of the body, including the musculoskeletal and endocrine systems. In order for the body to function as optimally as possible, the nervous system must be able to send and receive signals properly. Upper cervical chiropractic can help when it comes to improving the health and function of the nervous system.
Upper cervical chiropractic focuses on the uppermost vertebra in the neck. When this bone is out of alignment, it can put abnormal pressure on the brainstem, which controls many of the automatic functions of our bodies. This can cause a miscommunication between the brain and the body, like a broken link in a chain. We look for specific misalignments of the atlas in our practice and use gentle and specific adjustments to restore normal head-neck alignment. When the atlas is properly aligned, it gives your body the chance to heal, which can lead to a reduction or even remission of chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms.
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